Completes Diamond and Pearl!,
This review is from: Pokemon Platinum (Video Game)
Once again Nintendo has pulled off a classic. Pearl and Diamond were great Pokemon games for the DS, and now, to complete the pyramid, comes Platinum. This game compliments the first two as others in the series has done (such as Yellow for Red & Blue). For some, this game could be considered a minor makeover of Diamond and Pearl, but Platinum has additional features that make it worth purchasing in it's own right.
Pokemon are available in this version that you would need to trade for in the first two of the series, making it worth getting for that fact alone. Not everyone has friends they can trade with, so this extra will provide Pokemon for them they couldn't get otherwise. Graphically, there's some additional tweaks that improve areas, and the sound quality is as good as ever. the day/night cycle helps you to catch Pokemon that only appear at certain times.
Since I haven't fully explored this game yet, I can only give opinions on where I've gotten to at this point, but I have no regrets in purchasing this game. For the casual gamer, there might not be enough incentive to spend another $35, but for Pokemaniacs, this will be a worthwhile investment until Soulsilver and Heartgold arrive next Spring.
Here's a summary breakdown:
Another great Pokemon game for the DS with additional Pokemon and features
Excellent graphics and sound
Some new areas to explore
Same old formula might put some people off from buying this title
Those casual gamers who already have Pearl/Diamond won't want to invest again
Not enough additional features to warrent purchasing to some
Really only enough content and diversity for Pokemaniacs to buy
In all, if you love Pokemon, you should add this to your Pokemon titles for your DS. Enough diversity and gameplay will keep you coming back for more, and this will tide you over until the new Pokemon games for the DS arrive in 2010. Casual gamers might want to steer clear of this "same old" title. I personally HIGHLY recommend it, as I love the Pokemon franchise.